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Puntland elder shot dead in Galkayo

Friday June 17, 2022

Galkayo (HOL) - Gunmen in Galkyao killed a Puntland on Thursday evening.

Abdiqani Hassan Waloore was shot dead by the gunmen as he was leaving a local mosque after evening prayers. 

The well-known elder who worked on peace initiatives in Galkayo joins the growing list of elders and peacekeepers killed in Galkayo since 2008.

Abdiqani's father, Hassan Waloore, met a similar fate in August 2011 when he was also gunned down in Galkayo. 

Abdiqani Waloore's murder is the first high-profile killing in Galkayo since Puntland authorities cracked down on an Al-Shabaab assassin network last year.

ā€ˇPuntland's security forces have not publicly commented on the latest killing, which comes as the militant insurgency group Al-Shabaab warned that they would attack Puntland with explosives.


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